Dear Pastors of LCMS MN S District – Circuit 13,
I would like to interest you and your congregations in an opportunity to participate in a well structured seminar developed by the Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission (CLCC) to observe and celebrate the Reformation and Lutheran Confessions.
Who am I to ask this of you? My name is David Rowlands. I have been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester for the last 23 years. While attending a recent Continuing Education Class on the book of Job, I was approached by Rev. Rob Jarvis, a faculty/board/executive member of the CLCC. He asked if I would be the 13th Circuit Coordinator for this seminar.
As Pastors of your respective congregations you have undoubtedly offered or plan to offer your own instruction concerning the Reformation and Confessions – just as the Pastors of Trinity have done. The main difference in this seminar would be the opportunity for interested LCMS laypersons from the 9 circuit #13 congregations to gather together in a single place (yet to be determined) and to learn and share their faith and understanding of what it means to be a Christian Lutheran among each other.
This event cannot take place without a coordinated effort on our parts as laid out on the CLCC web page “Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation”. This page goes into greater detail about the seminar and has links to presentation material. The materials for presentation are available through the CLCC, but volunteers would be needed to host, publicize, and present the seminar – hopefully sometime in October. In addition to the link above, the attached PDF explains the content and details of the seminar.
I believe this seminar would be a great opportunity for the laity of the nine congregations to work together and learn together on this 500th anniversary of the Reformation. And if there is any interest from local congregations outside this circuit, and they do not have their own circuit coordinator, then let them join in!
Please let me know if you have any interest in this seminar and who I might contact in your congregation for any further coordination efforts. [If your church office has a secretary, I may be in touch with her. Either way,] I look forward to hearing from you.
David O. Rowlands